Azusa Sakamoto loves Barbie so much that she spent a small fortune turning her Los Angeles home into a shrine to the popular Mattel doll.
Sakamoto, who goes by “Azusa Barbie” on Instagram, didn’t get to play with Barbie dolls while growing up in Japan, because Mattel’s iconic doll just wasn’t very popular back then. She was already in middle-school when she first got her hands on a Barbie product – a lunchbox she found at an American imports store – but it was love at first sight. She has been collecting Barbie dolls and memorabilia ever since and estimates that she has spent over $80,000 turning her Los Angeles home into a life-size Barbie house.
Even though she only discovered Barbie when she was 15, Azusa has definitely been making up for lost time. She has been collecting every piece of Barbie memorabilia she could get her hands on, and her studio apartment in West Hollywood is a veritable pink shrine to the iconic character.
The walls are painted bright pink and covered with Barbie-themed decals and artworks, and almost everything she uses, from drinking glasses to bath towels, is either pink or Barbie-themed.